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February 27, 2016
By Gary Frisch Senate Republicans have declared that they will not hold hearings on any nomination to the Supreme Court by President Obama. Fine, then let's dock their pay. Because if they fail to do a part of the job they've been elected to do, then they shouldn't be compensated. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) appears to be the flag-bearer of this absurd, petty movement, arguing that Americans should have a voice, via the coming presidential election, in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice.
NEWS
February 27, 2016
Pennsylvania's all too cozy and conspiratorial approach to policing its judiciary made Thursday's rejection of a deal with a suspended Supreme Court justice a "total shock," in the words of his lawyer - and a welcome one. Despite repeated signals that ethics charges stemming from J. Michael Eakin's bigoted and profane emails would end in yet another backroom bargain, a panel of the Court of Judicial Discipline insisted on the public airing for which...
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February 26, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Embattled Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin faces a hastily called hearing Thursday that experts say points to a likely deal on charges that he violated judicial ethics rules through his involvement in the pornographic emails scandal. The potentially critical hearing before the full Court of Judicial Discipline comes as the state Judicial Conduct Board, the court's investigatory arm, made public documents that raised further questions about its first attempt to investigate Eakin.
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February 25, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to grant parole to a 79-year-old man convicted in the 1973 murder of a state trooper, ruling that a lower court erred in endorsing his release without a full review by the state Parole Board. In a 4-1 decision, the high court reversed an Appellate Division ruling and ordered the Parole Board to conduct a full hearing to determine Sundiata Acoli's suitability for release. The court did not offer an opinion on his suitability, but handed down a narrow ruling on procedural grounds.
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February 23, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
Let's understand something about the fight to fill the Supreme Court seat of Antonin (Nino) Scalia. This is about nothing but raw power. Any appeal you hear to high principle is phony - brazenly, embarrassingly so. In Year Seven of the George W. Bush administration, Sen. Chuck Schumer publicly opposed filling any Supreme Court vacancy until Bush left office. ("Except in extraordinary circumstances. " None such arose. Surprise!) Today he piously denounces Republicans for doing exactly the same for a vacancy created in Year Eight of Barack Obama.
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February 20, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Activists on the right and left buffeted Sen. Pat Toomey on Thursday over his stand that President Obama should not fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a high-stakes battle that could loom large over the future of the high court and Toomey's reelection bid. A grassroots liberal group said it had gathered 7,900 Pennsylvania signatures urging the Republican senator to support a vote on an eventual Obama nominee....
NEWS
February 19, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Vote out Republicans The vacancy on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia defines Republicans in a nutshell: obstructionists willing to thwart any attempt to move government to action ("Delay pick, Toomey says," Tuesday). Ignoring Democratic support for Republican presidents' nominees, they want to deny President Obama his obligation to fill Scalia's seat on the bench. Voters should understand the ramifications of a delay that will affect the court's efficacy in upcoming cases.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN POWER Stay means stop The Supreme Court's stay of the federal Clean Power Plan reflects a determination that immediate and irreparable harm could be caused during the development phase of the compliance plan ("Supreme Court puts Obama's power emission plan on hold," Feb. 10). The stay suspends the timeline for the development and submission of compliance plans until the regulation has been adjudicated. This is not the first or second time that the courts have blown the whistle on the Environmental Protection Agency's game of doling out regulations.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
THE REPUBLICANS have said no. Although there is a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy because of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republican leaders have said they will not consider any nominee made by the president. Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has said the Senate plans to wait until after the election. Pennsylvania's Sen. Pat Toomey agrees. In a statement, Toomey said: "Given that we are already into the presidential election process and that the Supreme Court appointment is for a lifetime, it makes sense to give the American people a more direct say in this critical decision.
NEWS
February 18, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
In the first minutes after the shocking news spread Saturday that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley tried to be reasonable. It didn't go well for him. The Iowa Republican, informed in a phone call from Des Moines Register reporter Jason Noble that Scalia had died, responded honorably, saying he didn't want to talk about replacing Scalia yet. "I wouldn't make any prognostication on anything about the future because there's so many balls in the air when those things are considered," he said.
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